Coronavirus / Covid-19

Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says gatherings of 100 or more people should be cancelled or postponed.  She says businesses should relax their sick leave policies.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, these recommendations are part of her response to the first reported cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says gatherings of 100 or more people should be cancelled or postponed.  She says businesses should relax their sick leave policies.         

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Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to $321 million in spending that will be used to combat the coronavirus, provide financial assistance for older adults go to community college and partially revive the state's tourism advertising campaign. The supplemental bills won bipartisan approval from the Republican-led House on Tuesday and could be passed by the GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday. The Democratic governor will sign the legislation. Some of the money will partly restore funding that she vetoed last fall amid a budget impasse over fixing the roads.

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Michigan State University is suspending face-to-face classes and moving to online instruction after the state's first two cases of coronavirus were announced. The move will last until April 20. School officials on Wednesday said they learned of a "probable case linked to our campus," which local health officials are investigating. Results from a test are pending. The university is urging students who do "purely remote work" to return to their permanent residences instead of staying on campus. But it will continue supporting those who need to stay in dorms and use dining facilities.

As coronavirus spreads so does reported incidents of racism

Mar 11, 2020

Last week, a cell phone video surfaced on social media showing a man on a New York City subway train arguing with a fellow passenger who is Asian, and then spraying Febreze air freshener at that passenger. This incident is one of the many ways anti-Asian sentiments are manifesting across the country according to Grand Valley State University professor Yan Yu, who studies racial relations within communities in the United Sates and among families in China.


Michigan officials say two people in the Detroit area have tested positive for the coronavirus infection. A woman in Oakland County had traveled outside the country, while a man from Wayne County had traveled within the U.S. They are in hospitals and are middle-aged.

Both cases will be reviewed by federal health experts. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and urged people to wash their hands and avoid touching their faces. More recommendations are expected in coming days.

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In the past. You know 10 to 20 years there have been a number of international public health scares whether it was avian influenza or Ebola or zika virus, there have been a number of things that have raised fears internationally and also here within the U.S., but ultimately we were not impacted vary significantly by those things and so we tend to have this assumption that we're protected by our distance from the rest of the world here in North America and also our reliance on medicine.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday urged residents to follow simple steps to help limit the spread of a new type of virus that has not been confirmed in Michigan but could be eventually.

People should wash their hands, not touch their face, replace handshakes with elbow or fist bumps and cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing, she said.

“The main goal of these efforts is to help slow the spread of the virus,” Whitmer said. “I urge all Michiganders to take these recommendations very seriously and share this information with their friends, family and co-workers.”

Dr. Paul Isely, 2020 Economic Forecast, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points Monday as the spread of the coronavirus threatened wider damage to the global economy. The drop was the worst for the index in two years and wiped out its gains so far in 2020. WGVU spoke with one local economist about what to expect as the coronavirus impacts the global workforce and supply chains.

“Right now the market is reacting to fear. It's a fear that's been building now with the supply chain disruption which is now reaching about a month long and so it's going to have some real effects on corporate profits."